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Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks

James Baldwin: This Time

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This weeklong celebration of the groundbreaking writer and his work marks the beginning of our city's "Year of James Baldwin."

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Apr 27
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Lydia Davis + Jean Echenoz

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The economic and witty Davis's latest collection, Can't and Won't, invests everyday occurrences—dinners, dreams, scraps of Flaubert stories—with grander significance.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Thu Apr 17
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George Saunders: Congratulations, By the Way

  • Free

The short-story writer gave a commencement speech on the virtues of kindness that went viral, and this new book is the by-product.

  1. The powerHouse Arena 37 Main St, at Water St
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Rachel Kushner

  • Critics choice

The Flamethrowers author and 2013 Guggenheim fellow talks about the craft of writing.

  1. Columbia University, Dodge Hall Broadway, at 116th St, 10027
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Thu Apr 24
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Recent book reviews

Book review: Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

  • Rated as: 3/5

Journalist, novelist and critic Kirn writes a memoir with the straight dope about enigmatic would-be aristocrat Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter.

Book review: Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

  • Rated as: 3/5

In a novel that contains two worlds—that of an abducted Ugandan student and that of an American journalist—one takes away from the other.

Book review: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

  • Rated as: 3/5

Though the prolific Oyeyemi's prose continues to intoxicate, her modern folklore about race in 1950s New England neglects its plot.

Book review: Bark by Lorrie Moore

  • Rated as: 3/5

Humor helps to magnify the troubled characters of Moore's latest story collection, and sometimes steals the show from them.

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